The Nest of the Cuckoo Bird – USA, 1965


‘Bloodthirsty! Raw! We defy you to guess… the killer’

The Nest of the Cuckoo Bird is a 1965 American horror exploitation film written, produced, directed by and starring Bert Williams. The rest of the cast were Ann Long, Chuck Frankle, Jackie Scelza and Larry Wright. Local act The Four Bits performed the theme song.

The film was lensed in Florida where Williams ran his Experimental Camera Workshop but then seemingly vanished. Allegedly lost, in 2017 there are rumours suggesting that filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn (The Neon Demon) has located a print and that it is being restored to be shown online.


Investigating Florida moonshiners, a detective (Williams) is searching the Everglades when he discovers a remote inn managed by a demented showgirl (Ann Long), a taxidermist who stuffs humans for display in her grotesque Chapel of the Dead.


MOVIES & MANIA is indebted to Temple of Schlock and The Dead Next Door for some of the information and the visuals above. Both blogs are recommended to aficionados of esoteric cinema.

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